August 23, 2014

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Montville trustees to consider buying former golf course for park

Montville Township’s trustees are interested in buying the former Blue Heron golf course and turning it into a park. Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township is not interested in the clubhouse, which included a closed banquet center and restaurant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township’s trustees are interested in buying the former Blue Heron golf course and turning it into a park. Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township is not interested in the clubhouse, which included a closed banquet center and restaurant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss the purchase of the former Blue Heron Golf Course. Trustee Jeff Brandon said they will consider buying the property to convert it to a public park.

“It’s a unique property, a very beautiful property, and it’s a unique opportunity to possibly acquire the land for a reasonable price,” he said.

Brandon did not say what the cost might be, saying officials will not know the asking price until Wednesday, when they meet with Gregory Happ, of Medina, the real estate lawyer for 6061 River Styx LLC, the company that owns the Blue Heron Country Club property.

Montville Township Trustee Jeff Bandon said the seven miles of paved paths that wind through the overgrown fairways of the former Blue Heron Golf Club would make an ideal park. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

Montville Township Trustee Jeff Bandon said the seven miles of paved paths that wind through the overgrown fairways of the former Blue Heron Golf Club would make an ideal park. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAVID KNOX)

The 27-hole golf course opened in 2005 but has been closed for two years. The clubhouse, which included a restaurant, is vacant and the golf course is overgrown.

The 6061 River Styx company owns eight parcels totaling more than 100 acres and valued at more than $1.4 million. But Brandon said the township would only be purchasing the vacant golf course land and not the buildings.

“We really don’t want anything to do with the actual clubhouse, but we would be interested in those acres for a park,” he said. “We’ll have to see exactly how much property is involved, but there is seven miles of paved path already that would make for a very beautiful park for residents, for biking, sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, and other activities.”

If a deal is reached, Brandon said the purchase likely would be paid out of the township’s general fund.

“In the end, if we can get the land for a very good price, we would just pay cash for it,” he said.

The project would bring Montville its third township park.

The township already has Whitetail Park south of Poe Road and Cobblestone Park next to Ralph E. Waite Elementary School.

Brandon said that while the park is intended to be part of the township, trustees would consider joining it with the Medina County Park District.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.